B.S. Oregon State University
M.Ed. Central Washington University
Post graduate study in Organizational Behavior: trained and worked as a Process Consultant
I have a variety of work experience includes teaching, program coordination, facilitating workshops and seminars, and Esoteric Guide (consulting/counseling) in addition to experience in real estate sales and appraisal and business brokerage.
As a retiree I am an avid reader of ancient to current information in science, spirituality and other topics. I also love to write both creative and inspired material, as well as pulling together concepts and ideas and organizing them into easily understood and interesting information.
Three generations of my family members, from both sides of my parentage, contributed to the making of Ketchikan—constructing buildings, creating infrastructure, carrying out civic/elected duties, and supporting social/fraternal organizations.
My father became a journeyman carpenter and worked with Uncle Bert, remodeling buildings, building houses, and developing and operating the Blue Jay Mine from March 1937 to December 1939. He built our first house in Ketchikan, which we moved into in June 1941—three weeks before I was born.
My mother graduated from the first Alaska training class for the Nurse’s Aide Corps—taught in the summer of 1942 (early WWII era) by the American National Red Cross under the auspices of the Ketchikan Chapter. A few months later she became ill while working at the Ketchikan General Hospital and my father chose to take her to Seattle for medical treatment.
The three of us left Ketchikan in late December 1942. In the spring of 1943 we traveled to the family wheat ranch, where my father grew up in northcentral Oregon, to help with harvest, and I spent the rest of my youth there, keeping in close touch with the Libes but not returning to Ketchikan until the summer of 1995, when I joined my parents on a family visit to the Blue Jay Mine site.
In August 2015 I returned to Ketchikan, with my children and grandchildren, to spread my parents ashes at the mine site, and once again enjoy the ambiance of Ketchikan.
I launched the book at the Ketchikan public library in May 2016.